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MSc in optometry and visual science

MSc in optometry and visual science

The programme will give people with a BSc in optometry specialist competency in clinical optometry and visual science. You can choose to specialize in general practice optometry or in orthoptics and paediatric optometry. You can choose to study full time or part time.

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Study level
Master
Closing dates
EU/EEA: 1st of March
Others: 1st of December
Credits
120
Start up
Autumn 2018

This is optometry and visual science

The MSc programme is designed with an optometrist’s existing and expected challenges in eye and visual health in mind. There will be a requirement for optometrists with special competencies in diagnosing and management of visual problems in children. With an increasing proportion of elderly within the population, there will also be greater needs for optometrists to follow up ocular and visual anomalies in adults and the elderly, and detect ocular pathology. You can therefore choose between two specializations:

  • Orthoptics and paediatric optometry
  • General practice optometry

Take the programme full time over 2 years or part time over 3-5 years. Please note that the part time course is not open for international applicants.

Why study optometry and visual science?

The MSc degree will enable you to cooperate with other health professions in the following up of ocular and visual function within your chosen specialization. The skills and competencies gained through the degree course will allow you to step into an extended clinical role in eye and vision care, particularly within your chosen specialization.

Specialization in orthoptics and paediatric optometry gives competency to examine and manage children, young people and adults, with various visual problems. This includes competency to perform extended evaluation of visual function and management in the form of visual training in children, young people and adults with different motor-, neurological and perceptual anomalies of vision.

There is a requirement for increased knowledge in orthoptics and paediatric optometry in private optometric and ophthalmic practice in the whole country, and within public eye care services in hospital eye departments and at Statped’s departments for people with special needs related to visual impairment. You could establish your own specialist private practice, where you may offer evaluation of visual function and visual training in cooperation with other health care professions, nursery/school, adult learning institutions and the local educational and psychological services to optimize each individual’s visual situation.

Specialization in general practice optometry gives competency to examine and be prepared to manage uncomplicated pathology of the anterior segment of the eye, and to communicate and cooperate with other professionals regarding the examination and follow up after treatment of uncomplicated ocular conditions related AMD, glaucoma and diabetic eye disease. This specialization also gives competency in visual ergonomics and occupational optometry.

There is a requirement for increased knowledge in general practice optometry in private practice all over the country, and within the public eye care services in hospital eye departments. You could establish your own specialist private practice, where you may offer evaluation of ocular health and visual function in cooperation with other health care professions by following up specific pathology of the posterior segment of the eye and uncomplicated pathology of the anterior segment of the eye. There also an increasing need for assessment of visual ergonomics and fitting and supply of optometric solutions for different professions to optimize the visual environment for people in employment with common and special needs.

Completion of the MSc course in optometry and visual science, will provide you with competency to contribute to development of the profession through research based professional practice. This includes the opportunity to apply for research positions in colleges and universities.

This is what you will learn

You will learn specialist contact lens fitting and further develop skills and competency within clinical optometric practice.

Each specialization consists of three subject courses of 15 ECTS credits. The specialization in orthoptics and paediatric optometry consists of Orthoptics and paediatric optometry part 1, Orthoptics and paediatric optometry part 2 and Vision training. The specialization in general practice optometry consists of Advanced clinical methods – posterior segment, Advanced clinical methods – anterior segment and Visual ergonomics.

In addition, you will learn about scientific research methods and research ethics, and you will complete a master’s thesis. The master’s thesis will give you competency in completing an individual limited research- or development project under supervision. You will have the opportunity to take part in projects that are under development within the institution or you can undertake a project in an external practice.

Gain international experience

There are possibilities for exchange to cooperating institutions in the United Kingdom and Australia. Taking part of the degree programme abroad will give you the opportunity to broaden your international competency and adaptability, and that will make you even more attractive to prospective employers. Read more about your opportunities here.

Contact the International section if this sounds exciting!

Exemption from parts of the programme

Applicants who have already completed continuing education courses in occupational optometry, contact lens specialization, or paediatric optometry and orthoptics, or who have other relevant qualifications at MSc level or higher, may apply for recognition for the courses undertaken and exemption from parts of the MSc programme. Applications will be evaluated individually.

How to apply

You can apply to:

  • MSc in optometry and visual science – Specialization in orthoptics and paediatric optometry: Full time (2 years)
  • MSc in optometry and visual science – Specialization in orthoptics and paediatric optometry: Part time (3-5 years, individually adapted)
  • MSc in optometry and visual science – Specialization in general practice optometry: Full time (2 year)
  • MSc in optometry and visual science – Specialization in general practice optometry: Part time (3-5 years, individually adapted)
  • Single subject courses from the degree programme

Course days

Download our Course Plan for 2017/2018 (it will be updated for the subject KVAL604 as soon as possible).

See our class scheduling system for a detailed information on course days in the 2016/17 terms:

Admission requirements

  • BSc in optometry or equivalent, basic competency in contact lens fitting and competency in the use of diagnostic drugs equivalent to the requirements for authorization of optometrists in Norway.
  • Applicants with educational background from Norway must have authorization to practice optometry in Norway.
  • The minimum requirement for admission to the MSc programme is an average grade of C or better.

Applications from optometrists authorized to practice in Norway who qualified previous to 2006 are welcome and may be accepted based on individual evaluation.

Documents

In addition to the documents required here: https://www.usn.no/academics/how-to-apply/full-degree-programs-taught-in-english/documentation/ We ask that you upload these documents to make our assessment of your qualifications easier:

  • Program descriptions/course descriptions and Learning outcome for your bachelor degree

  • Authorization to practice optometry in your home country (copy of license)

  • Documents that verify use of diagnostic drugs (copy of legislation)

  • Documents that verify prescribing and fitting of contact lenses

  • Work experience in optometry

If you get admission you will also need to document a criminal record certificate.

Students who have spent more than three months of the last three years in countries outside of Western Europe, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand or Japan must test themselves for communicable tuberculosis. The results of the examination must be negative when you start your degree.

Please read all the information about the admission process before you apply.

Study facts


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Part time – Kongsberg

  • Teaching Language: Engelsk
  • Semesters: 8
  • Application code: 5152 Orthoptics and paediatric Optometry, 5154 General practice optometry
  • Admission requirements Read prerequisite requirements

Full time – Kongsberg

  • Teaching Language: English
  • Semesters: 4
  • Application code: 5147 orthoptics and paediatric optometry (Full time), 5148 general practice optometry( Full time)
  • Admission requirements Read prerequisite requirements

 

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